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About University of Delaware

University of Delaware is a public, state school in an small town setting in Newark, Delaware. University of Delaware was founded in 1743 and now enrolls around 22,705 students a year, including 18,420 undergrads.

University of Delaware's endowment was valued at $1.453 billion in 2021.

2021 University of Delaware Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 68%
Average GPA 3.8
In-State Tuition $12,730
Out-of-State $34,160

University of Delaware Regular Decision Deadline 2022

University of Delaware's regular decision application deadline is January 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by November 1.

Early Admission at University of Delaware

University of Delaware does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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University of Delaware Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Delaware. Around 68% of applicants get into University of Delaware each year. In 2021, 18,106 out of 26,500 total applicants were accepted.

University of Delaware Waitlist

University of Delaware reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Delaware?

University of Delaware is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of Delaware, applicants must submit the following items.

University of Delaware Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

University of Delaware Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to University of Delaware is 3.8 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of Delaware.

Is University of Delaware Test Optional?

University of Delaware does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 77% submitted the SAT. 22% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at University of Delaware

Yes! University of Delaware provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of Delaware.

Financial Aid at University of Delaware

University of Delaware meets 54% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $16,709 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is University of Delaware a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Delaware

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of Delaware, around 91% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 3,794 students who started at University of Delaware as first-time freshman, 2,676 graduate within four years.

Around 81% of students who started at University of Delaware earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $39,705 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Delaware sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of Delaware a good school for you?

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Where is University of Delaware Located?

University of Delaware is located in the small town setting of Newark, Delaware, less than an hour from Philadelphia and Baltimore.

If you want to see University of Delaware for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Newark, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Philadelphia International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Delaware and Newark are like without leaving home.

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College Info

210 South College Avenue Newark, DE 19716

Campus Setting: Small Town

University of Delaware Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Delaware is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Delaware is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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University of Delaware ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 30

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University of Delaware SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

580 - 690


Reading SAT Range

590 - 670

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University of Delaware Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Delaware is like? There are approximately 22,705 students enrolled at University of Delaware, including 18,420 undergraduate students and 4,285 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 40% percent are from DE and 60% percent of students are from other states.


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